Putana Killed

krishna-putanaKamsa instructed a witch named Putana, who knew the black art of killing small children by ghastly sinful methods, to kill all kinds of children in the cities, villages and pasturing grounds. Such witches are called khecari, which means they can fly in the sky.

Taking a beautiful form, she arrived at Gokula and entered the house of mother Yashoda, without permission. The innocent cowherd women thought that she was the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, appearing in Vrindavana to see Lord Krishna. Because of her exquisite beauty, no one checked her movement. In the house of Nanda Maharaja she found baby Krishna lying on a small bed. She could understand how powerful Krishna was and thought, “This child is so powerful that He can destroy the whole universe immediately.”

Being the Supreme Lord, Krishna knew that she was there to kill Him. But He acted as a small baby. When Putana was taking baby Krishna on her lap, both Yashoda and Rohini were present. As she was so beautifully dressed and showed motherly affection toward Krishna, they did not forbid her.

Putana had smeared a very powerful poison on her breasts, and immediately after taking the baby on her lap, she started feeding, hoping that as soon as He would suck her breast, He would die. But baby Krishna very quickly sucked the milk-poison along with the life air of the demon. Putana fell down on the ground, spread her arms and legs and began to cry, “Oh, child, leave me, leave me!” He immediately killed her. And because the demon was killed by Krishna, she got liberation.

As she died screaming, there was a tremendous vibration on the earth and in the sky, and people thought that thunderbolts were falling. Thus the nightmare of the Putana witch was over, and she assumed her real feature as a great demon. All the cowherd men and women became struck with awe and wonder upon seeing this. And the tumultuous sound of her falling shocked their brains and ears and made their hearts beat strongly.

After this, all the residents of Vraja cut the gigantic body of Putana into pieces and piled it up with wood for burning. While burning, the smoke emanating from the fire created a pleasing aroma, which was due to her being killed by Krishna. This means that the demon Putana was washed of all her sinful activities.


 

Kamsa instructed a witch named Putana, who knew the black art of killing small children by ghastly sinful methods, to kill all kinds of children in the cities, villages and pasturing grounds. Such witches are called khecari, which means they can fly in the sky.

Taking a beautiful form, she arrived at Gokula and entered the house of mother Yashoda, without permission. The innocent cowherd women thought that she was the goddess of fortune, Lakshmi, appearing in Vrindavana to see Lord Krishna. Because of her exquisite beauty, no one checked her movement. In the house of Nanda Maharaja she found baby Krishna lying on a small bed. She could understand how powerful Krishna was and thought, “This child is so powerful that He can destroy the whole universe immediately.”

Being the Supreme Lord, Krishna knew that she was there to kill Him. But He acted as a small baby. When Putana was taking baby Krishna on her lap, both Yashoda and Rohini were present. As she was so beautifully dressed and showed motherly affection toward Krishna, they did not forbid her.

Putana had smeared a very powerful poison on her breasts, and immediately after taking the baby on her lap, she started feeding, hoping that as soon as He would suck her breast, He would die. But baby Krishna very quickly sucked the milk-poison along with the life air of the demon. Putana fell down on the ground, spread her arms and legs and began to cry, “Oh, child, leave me, leave me!” He immediately killed her. And because the demon was killed by Krishna, she got liberation.

As she died screaming, there was a tremendous vibration on the earth and in the sky, and people thought that thunderbolts were falling. Thus the nightmare of the Putana witch was over, and she assumed her real feature as a great demon. All the cowherd men and women became struck with awe and wonder upon seeing this. And the tumultuous sound of her falling shocked their brains and ears and made their hearts beat strongly.

After this, all the residents of Vraja cut the gigantic body of Putana into pieces and piled it up with wood for burning. While burning, the smoke emanating from the fire created a pleasing aroma, which was due to her being killed by Krishna. This means that the demon Putana was washed of all her sinful activities.